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CDPHE releases road map of relaxing indoor venue restrictions

Proposed plan was shared by CDPHE with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association.
Proposed plan was shared by CDPHE with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- New guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health Department shows the possibility of indoor events, like concerts, making a come back in Colorado by as early as this summer; but it won't happen in El Paso County so long as we're at level yellow on the state's COVID-19 dial.

Projections from the state health department show venues operating at 80% capacity, with no hard restrictions on the number of people in attendance by July, but only if the county is a level blue or green on the COVID-19 dial.

Dr. Robin Johnson with the El Paso County Public Health said based on February 2020 COVID-19 case numbers, we still have a ways to go.

“We now have plateaued through February," said Johnson. "In this last week, we've seen a little bounce in incidents or uptick in incidents. We're pretty steady above a 5 percent positivity rate, about as high as 6 or 7 percent."

So what would need to happen in order for our county to get there? Johnson said it's extremely dependent on vaccine distribution, which they are hopeful will increase soon.

“We also have Johnson and Johnson coming online, and Janssen, potentially, coming online by March," said Johnson. "Those supplies will start as a trickle, just as we saw with Pfizer and Moderna.”

Johnson said re-evaluating social-distancing guidelines at indoor venues will be an elaborate process, which based on the state's timeline, can happen as early as July.

"There's some complexities of understanding what the data is going to show us around how the vaccines affect asymptomatic spread or the severity of the virus," said Johnson.

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Mia Villanueva

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